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Level 3 Teaching Pilates




6 to 12 months

About the Course

This qualification enables you to work as a Pilates teacher in a range of environments including employed studio-based settings as well as self-employment offering group or even 1-2-1 Pilates sessions with clients. Although it incorporates the traditional elements and principles of Pilates, our course takes a modern and holistic research-based approach to improving functional overall health.

This course will equip you with all of the skills and qualifications to establish yourself as a Pilates teacher.

Our flexible courses can be started upon enrolment, so you can get started straight away! This qualification also awards 10 CIMSPA points.

Payment Plan

To make your qualification more affordable, we offer a payment plan where you pay a non-refundable £125 deposit and choose to repay the balance, interest-free over 3, 6, 9 or 12 months.

What will I learn on the Level 3 Teaching Pilates Diploma?

What topics are covered on this course?
  • Applied anatomy & physiology including;

    • Optimal posture, causes of postural deviations and spinal conditions and the impact of exercise,

    • Structure and function of the skeletal system and the effects of exercise on the musculoskeletal system and disease processes,

    • Structure and function of the nervous system and the effect of exercise on neuromuscular connections,

    • Structure and function of the cardio

    • Respiratory system and endocrine system,

    • Classification of energy systems and how they are utilised during exercise.

    • The digestive system,

    • Implications for special populations.

  • Client screening, goal setting, and risk stratification, 

  • Components, principles and variables of fitness,

  • Adapting for older adults (50+), young people (13-16years), antenatal/postnatal,

  • History of Pilates,

  • Qualities of a Pilates teacher,

  • Benefits of Pilates,

  • Principles and fundamentals of Pilates,

  • Breathing and core engagement concepts,

  • Performing and teaching the 34 original Pilates exercises along with modifications, progressions and regressions,

  • Using Pilates to reduce pain and if appropriate, correct postural abnormalities,

What are the course units and how are each assessed?


1 - Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment

2 - Lifestyle management and health awareness

3 - Applied anatomy & physiology

4 - Principles of planning and delivering group exercise

5 - Principles and fundamentals of Pilates

6 - Plan and deliver a Pilates session


7 - Anatomy and physiology for exercise and fitness instructors

If you don't have any previous anatomy and physiology knowledge or have not achieved an anatomy & physiology unit within the past 3 years, we will recommend that students complete this optional unit.


This qualification is assessed with online and written worksheet questions, multiple choice theory exam(s), a 12 week progressive programme, a group Pilates session plan, practical observation and self-evaluation and reflection.

What is the entry requirements for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course apart from a keen interest in Pilates and experience attendance Pilates classes. Confidence working online and with programmes such as Microsoft word and excel is essential along with a good level of communication.

Study and Assessment Options
The Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates is a LIVE course, which involves both distance learning and attendance to course dates.

This LIVE course includes some distance learning plus six mandatory course attendance dates for practical elements. All assessments can be completed on the course dates, but theory exams can be deferred to a later date if you wish or even completed prior the the course dates should you enrol early enough. 

How long does it take to complete the course?

You have up to 12 months from when you enrol, but it is often completed much sooner than that. As long as you complete the distance learning wither before or during the course dates, and you complete the theory exams and practical assessments during the course, you can expect to be complete by the last attendance date (subject to any re-assessments if required).

What course materials are provided for this course?
  • YMCA Awards Pilates Course manual,

  • Pilates Bible by Lynne Robinson,

  • Online elearning for units 1, 2, 3 and 7 (if applicable) - access for 300 days,

  • Electronic assessment paperwork for all units,

  • Link to further presentations and mock exams,

  • Option to purchase hard copy manuals to supplement the elearning.​

  • Access to a personal tutor.

  • Access to our study support Facebook Group.

  • Ability to complete exams online from home (additional cost of £20 per exam) - for more information, please read our E-Proctored exam guidance

  • Alternatively, you can sit theory exams at our centre in Telford on a date to suit you using our book an assessment form (updated every month),

  • Full guidance on how to film and submit video assessments.

Practical Attendance Dates

Dates: 30th September, 1st, 14th, 15th, 29th, 30th Ocrtober 2023

Venue: Telford, Shropshire

Times: 11.30-5.30pm

Your Instructor

Joanna Bentley

Joanna Bentley

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